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Date 27 Nov 1997

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  • IEE Colloquium on Agile Manufacturing (Digest No.1997/386)

    Publication Year: 1997
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    The following topics were dealt with: lean and agile manufacturing; agile enterprise strategy; management of virtual company; and extended enterprise View full abstract»

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  • From lean to agile manufacturing

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):1/1 - 1/7
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    Lean production, one of the most heavily promoted of manufacturing strategies, is modeled on a rigid supply chain that takes years to develop. It is often predicted, however, that markets will become more turbulent and product life cycles shorter. The author considers whether lean production will be sufficient or indeed able to cope with the new challenges, and, if not, then what is required of a ... View full abstract»

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  • Managing the virtual company (with respect to agile manufacturing)

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):3/1 - 3/6
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    Vanguard Medica is a virtually integrated pharmaceutical company in which all development and specialised functions are outsourced to external suppliers. The company has no investment in its own research or development facilities. Vanguard comprises of a small core team of pharmaceutical industry professionals who are supported by a group of advisers that include the founding directors, consultant... View full abstract»

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  • Agility is easy, but effective agile manufacturing is not

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):4/1 - 4/4
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    Competitive advantage would be gained by those enterprises who are capable of responding rapidly to demand for highly customised, high quality products. The implication of this was that there would be a need to develop organisations and facilities which would be significantly more flexible and responsive than was then current. This requirement led to the concept of the “agile” as a dif... View full abstract»

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  • Agile enterprise strategy: a next generation manufacturing concept

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):2/1 - 2/6
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    Agility as a subject is still a developing area. Companies are starting to move towards agile behaviour, but as the move is often unplanned it tends to be operational and to lack strategic direction. As a first step, companies need to understand the basic ideas and become intelligent respondents to the concepts. Agility is a long term issue for businesses; achieving agility is a journey, not an ob... View full abstract»

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  • Management and improvement of the extended enterprise

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):5/1 - 5/8
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    Customer expectations and continually increasing competition on a world-wide scale are forcing industry to rethink business strategies, alliances, partnerships and resulting everyday operation. In parallel, recent developments in IT and communications offer significant opportunities for all market sectors to operate in fundamentally different ways than to-date. The paper discusses these developmen... View full abstract»

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